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Barnstead NH News

November 26, 2014



The Suncook Valley Sno-Riders have been hard at work getting our 50 miles of local snowmobile trails ready for the season.  We have made repairs to the 135 foot bridge which spans the Suncook River behind the Sun River Campground in Barnstead.  We also created a half mile alternate route along our trail between Brindle Pond and the Barnstead Country Store to avoid a very steep hill many trail riders have difficulty with.  Almost all the trails are ready for the snow.  We are currently working to find a reroute due to a land closure which may force 5 miles of the state Corridor Trail 17 to close between Barnstead Parade and eastern Barnstead.  As this corridor trail is the primary route to connect the Sea Coast Region to the Lakes Region we are doing our best. Come visit us at our meetings.  We meet at the Barnstead Parade Fire Station every first Wednesday of the month at 7pm.



Barnstead’s 2014 Citizen Of The Year

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In August at the Gathering on the Green, Stuart ‘Twink’ Merrill was awarded Barnstead’s 2014 Citizen of the Year.  Many people know that Twink is a native of Barnstead and has spent his whole life here.  While raising a family Twink helped to start the Barnstead Historical Society and he has been a member since.  With all of his research on Barnstead he has written a book on the early families of Barnstead. One Twink’s other  passions was to research the small cemeteries throughout town and to record who is buried in each.  He has also helped neighboring towns in their cemetery research and inventory.  For many years he has also helped to maintain these small plots of land.  Every year Twink will go to these plots and place a flag on a veteran’s grave.   Barnstead is truly lucky and grateful to have a resident such as Stuart who has quietly given of his time.  Congratulations to Stuart Merrill.



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Barnstead Boy Scouts are practicing for their First Aid Merit Badge.  Troop 43 invites all boys ages 11 through 17 in our area to join us.  For more information stop in at a meeting to visit Tuesdays 7 PM to 8:15 PM at Barnstead Elementary School or email barnsteadnhscouts@metrocast.net.




Francis Gardner


Francis Gardner of Barnstead, formerly of Cambridge, MA, died suddenly at his home following a long illness. 


Francis was predeceased by his parents Nancy (Taurisano) and James Gardner of both Barnstead and Cambridge.  He is survived by his brother James and wife Patricia of Bradford, NH, and his sister Maryanne Martin of Barnstead.  He is also survived  by 3 nieces Janet Manning of North Andover, MA; Jillian Martin and Kimberly Martin of Barnstead, NH; 2 nephews Justin Martin of Manchester, NH and Gregory Martin of Pembroke, NH; 1 great nephew Eric Manning of North Andover, MA; and 3 great nieces Abigail Manning of North Andover, MA and Aurora Martin and Addison Kavanaugh of Barnstead, NH. 


A celebration of his life will be held on Sunday, November 30, from 1-4 at the Locke Lake Colony Lodge in Barnstead, NH.



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